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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Damian Lillard had 32 points and the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-97 on Sunday night. Thomas Robinson had 14 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for Portland, which won its second straight after a three-game slump. Kevin Love scored 31 for Minnesota, which had won three in a row. It was Loves franchise-best fifth straight game with 30 or more points. The Blazers played without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed his third straight game with a groin injury. After trailing by as many as 18 points in the first half, Nicolas Batums fast-break layup gave Portland an 84-80 lead going into the fourth quarter. After Robinsons basket, Victor Claver dunked to extend the lead to 88-80. It was more of the same as the Blazers continued to attack. Robinson, who sparked the second-half comeback, blocked Corey Brewers shot on one end, Claver grabbed the rebound and Will Barton broke free for a dunk that gave Portland a 92-83 lead. Lillards 3-pointer made it 105-91 with 4:14 left, and Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman took Love out with 3:36 to go. The Timberwolves were coming off a 121-104 victory at Utah on Saturday night. Love led the way with 37 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double. Love presented a significant matchup problem for the Blazers with Aldridge sidelined by a left groin strain. Aldridge, who averages a team-high 23.9 points and 11.4 rebounds, is expected to be re-evaluated in the next few days. Aldridge wasnt the only Blazer hurting: The team was also without forward Joel Freeland because of a right knee sprain and centre Meyers Leonard because of a left ankle sprain. Love finished with 10 rebounds. The Timberwolves continued to miss centre Nikola Pekovic because of a sore right ankle and Kevin Martin because of a fractured bone in his left thumb. Love got off to a fast start with seven points as the Timberwolves built an early 18-9 lead. By the end of the opening quarter, Love had 13. Minnesota extended the lead to 43-28 early in the second quarter on Shabazz Muhammads short jumper. The Timberwolves stretched the lead to 52-34 after a short jumper and a pair of free throws from J.J. Barea. Portland then got back into the game with an 18-8 run capped by Robinsons two layups and Nicolas Batums 3-pointer, closing the gap to 60-52 at the half. A pair of 3-pointers from Lillard and Batum put Portland in front 74-73. It was short-lived and Love drained a 3 to give Minnesota an 80-76 lead before the Blazers furious fourth-quarter surge. Portland was coming off a 102-94 victory over the Jazz on Friday night. Lillard had 28 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter. NOTES: Love is from Lake Oswego, just outside of Portland. ... Adelman coached the Blazers from 1989-94, guiding the team to two Western Conference titles. ... Love has at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in 10 straight games, the longest run of 25-10 games since Shaquille ONeal had 13 in a row in 2001. ... Love has an NBA-high 47 double-doubles. Deron Cherry Jersey . Tepesch, back from the minor leagues, earned his first major league victory in more than 10 months and the Rangers edged the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Wednesday. Anthony Sherman Jersey .com) - The Chicago Blackhawks take aim at their longest winning streak of the season on Sunday when they host the Calgary Flames in a battle at the United Center. http://www.customchiefsjersey.com/custom...1396n.html . The Brazil defender was substituted 13 minutes into Wednesdays 2-1 Copa del Rey win at Athletic Bilbao because of a right hamstring problem. Scans revealed a second grade tear which could keep him out for a reported four to six weeks. Eric Fisher Jersey .S. President Barack Obama saluted the Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks at the White House on Monday -- a rare moment for a president hungry to see more victorious teams from his hometown. Chris Jones Jersey . 1. AMIR JOHNSON: Nice to see him back in the lineup Tuesday night in Washington DC. Played with great energy and purpose. Its amazing when a guy gets those few precious days to recover what it does to the bounce in their step and overall game/confidence.Manchester City have been boosted by the return of Vincent Kompany and Raheem Sterling for Tuesdays trip to Newcastle, live on Sky Sports 1 HD. After a poor run of form in February in the Premier League, City have reignited their hopes of a top-four spot with three successive victories, including a 3-0 demolition of reigning champions Chelsea on Saturday. They next head to Rafa Benitezs Newcastle and a win would put them three points ahead of fourth-placed Arsenal with four games remaining. And it will be a big relief for manager Manuel Pellegrini to have captain Kompany and winger Sterling back in the squad.Kompany has missed six matches with a calf injury, while Sterling has been out for five games with a groin injury.However, speaking to the media on Monday, Pellegrini did confirm that David Silva (ankle), Samir Nasri (thigh), Gael Clichy (back) and Bacary Sagna (back) would all be unavailable.Kompanys return provides the Chilean boss with a welcome selection headache, with Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi in top form at the back.Pellegrini said: Ive said that in a season where we are fighting for important things, its because we have a good squad.Kompany has been injured so the other defenders have done well, but he will be an important help for the defence.On the prospect of Sterling starting at St James Park, Pellegrini added: Well see, hes coming back from an important injury, well see if he can play some minutes. Pep news hurt us Hiring Pep Guardiola hit Man City title bid, says Pellegrini Pellegrini also played down concerns over Nasri, who has impressed in recent weeks following his return from a six-month lay-off.On the Frenchmans injury picked up against Chelsea, Pellegrini said: He played 90 minutes at the weekend and then another 75, maybe it was too much. He was feeling well, its a small muscle injury, its not too important, well see how many ddays.ddddddddddddity will be desperate to continue their fine run but will be facing a team fighting to stay in the top-flight and in buoyant mood after beating fellow-strugglers Swansea 3-0 at the weekend. Manuel Pellegrini was pleased with Saturdays victory at Chelsea The Chilean added: The team are just focused on what we need to do. We need a Champions League spot for next season, and to focus on Real in the semi final.Newcastle are very dangerous, they have good players, St James is difficult place to play. They need the points in their survival battle. I hope we continue as we did on Saturday, being aggressive and trying to win from the beginning.He added: Its not depending on what Newcastle can do. We must continue the way we played on Saturday, solid, keeping a clean sheet and scoring goals. If we continue like that it doesnt matter who we play. Also See: Aguero treble sends City third Will Aguero finish top scorer? Newcastles woeful run vs City Race for the top four ' ' '

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